grubstake


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grubstake

[′grəb‚stāk]
(mining engineering)
In the United States, supplies or money furnished to a mining prospector for a share in his discoveries.
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In short, switching labor from food production to machine installation permanently reduces the fund available to grubstake and therefore to hire workers.
Whilst these windfalls cannot be gobbled up by parents, it is plain that an pounds 800 grubstake (before investment) after 18 years of being sustained by the State, will be little short of an El Dorado for many.
I really liked Jonathan Rowe's proposal to use the estate tax to fund a grubstake for all Americans ["Every Baby a Trust Fund Baby," January 1-15, 2001].
For Jayme-Ratalahti, the Consumer Reports' retainer was a grubstake that kept them going until they built up a client base and a mythic reputation that persists to this day.
He asked if I would grubstake him," said McFarlane, who told Stewart to look for a "little piece of land.
Give each member of a mining company a grubstake of $20, represented by twenty suitable manipulatives; a large paper plate "mining camp"; and a single sheet of one-fourth-inch graph paper.
As the early traders employed it, the grubstake system also assured that each miner would receive his share of the available supplies; the vagaries of the prospectors' luck were not allowed to create a situation where some men might end up in dire need while others enjoyed a surplus of necessary goods.
assembling a grubstake, following their instincts for adventure, gambling everything, and striking gold.
There were opportunities for a fellow with ambition, and a grubstake, in the wholesale grocers trade and Alvin Woolson was not a man to let grass grow beneath his feet.
With such a grubstake I could take out for California or come back with a grubstake.
A multi-instrumentalist, Tuft formed Grubstake in 1972 and made several albums with his band mates Steve Abbott and Jack Stanesco; he has recorded as a solo artist as well.
After drinking sprees they could be seen walking or lunging after the wagon or sleigh, following their grubstake and leader, who was a gentleman indeed when sober, but hard pressed by his employees who knew too well how to convert his money into liquid before leaving town.